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MTB World Cup Cross Country #3, Eliminator #3 & Downhill #2 - Val di Sole 2013

Date range:
June 13-16, 2013

June 15, Elite men cross country:

Schurter outduels Absalon in Val di Sole cross country

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Cycling News
Published:
June 15, 2013, 20:33 BST,
Updated:
June 16, 2013, 13:50 BST

Swiss increases World Cup lead

Men's cross country podium in Val di Sole (L-R): Mathias Flückiger, Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Lukas Flückiger

Men's cross country podium in Val di Sole (L-R): Mathias Flückiger, Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Lukas Flückiger

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Despite intense heat that saw many riders wilt, the cross-country mountain bike World Cup saw an intense battle between two riders right to the finish line at Val di Sole, Italy. World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) outkicked his usual rival Julien Absalon (BMC) to win his second World Cup in a row, and now holds a commanding lead in the overall standings at the halfway mark of the 2013 World Cup series.

The Val di Sole course is renowned for steep climbs, technical singletrack and hot, humid conditions; and this year was no different. Many riders that went out hard early in the races were fading by the halfway point, including Italian favourite Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing).

However, two riders didn't appear to be bothered by the weather, with Schurter and Absalon attacking the rest of the field. Olympic champion and former Val di Sole winner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing XC) managed to stay with the duo for one lap before having to slow to his own pace. The two leaders steadily pulled away from the rest of the field, never gaining more than a bike length on each other as lap after lap went by.

Into the final lap the two were still neck-and-neck and, after more than 90 minutes of flat out racing, it came down to the final 200 metres and a sprint. Absalon initially tried to match Schurter, but fell back after 100 metres to finish three seconds down. Kulhavy held onto third, but was nearly two minutes behind the front two.

"It is awesome to win here again," said Schurter. "It is a really tough course with the steep uphills. It was amazing to battle with Absalon. The last years I was always battling here for the win - once I won - once I got second.

"I felt pretty strong in the beginning, then I saw Absalon was as well really strong . I never knew if he was playing with me, or if his attack is coming soon. I would say we are nearly the same, I am [just] a bit stronger in the sprint. I am very happy about my victory."

Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing), the surprise winner of round one, showed that his win was not luck. Starting a little slower, in the high teens, the Australian steadily worked his way up the rankings, and by the start of the last lap was up to sixth. He was closing on the two Fluckiger brothers - Lukas (BMC) and Mathias (Stockli Pro Team) - who were literally looking over their shoulders as he chased them down, finishing a scant four seconds back at the line.

Schurter now leads the men's standings with 570 points, followed by McConnell at 450 and Lukas Fluckiger with 440 points.

Full Results
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 1:32:47  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:03  
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing XC 0:01:57  
4 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:02:28  
5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
6 Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:32  
7 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:31  
8 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
9 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:19  
10 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:04:40  
11 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) TX Active Bianchi 0:04:54  
12 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:05:20  
13 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Controltech Nevi 0:05:33  
14 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 0:05:41  
15 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:10  
16 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing XC 0:06:19  
17 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 0:06:42  
18 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:06:56  
19 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:07:12  
20 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici LGL International Team 0:07:30  
21 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 0:07:46  
22 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 0:07:59  
23 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 0:08:23  
24 Jürg Graf (Swi) BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:08:26  
25 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:08:34  
26 Michal Lami (Svk) 0:08:47  
27 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX Active Bianchi 0:08:57  
28 Castaneda Monsalve (Col) 0:08:58  
29 Andras Parti (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube Mtb Team 0:09:02  
30 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Focus XC Team 0:09:07  
31 Henrique Avancini (Bra) Caloi 0:09:09  
32 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 0:09:13  
33 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:09:25  
34 Ralph Naef (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:43  
35 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:53  
36 Martin Loo (Est) Merida Italia Team 0:10:00  
37 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus XC Team 0:10:18  
38 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) Team Bulls 0:10:25  
39 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
40 Umberto Corti (Ita) Controltech Nevi 0:10:52  
41 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB 0:10:57  
42 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 0:11:05  
43 Marek Konwa (Pol) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 0:11:45  
44 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:11:57  
45 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta-Corratec    
46 Fabien Canal (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec  -1lap  
47 Hans Becking (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team    
48 Frank Beemer (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team    
49 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)    
50 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)    
51 Giancarlo Sax (Swi)    
52 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra Felt p/b Kenda    
53 Lucien Besancon (Swi)    
54 Carl Jones (NZl)    
55 Daniel Eymann (Swi)    
56 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)    
57 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)    
58 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC    
59 Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team    
60 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
61 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
62 Patrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team  -2laps  
63 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing    
64 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
65 Paul Oldham (GBr)    
66 Karl Markt (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team    
67 Pavel Priadein (Rus)    
68 Jonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team    
69 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)    
70 Matthias Wengelin (Swe)    
71 Philip Buys (RSA)    
72 Evgeniy Pechenin (Rus) Forward - Udmurtia    
73 Michael Broderick (USA)  -3laps  
74 Kornel Osicki (Pol)    
75 Florian Thie (Swi)    
76 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey Pro Team    
77 Brice Scholtes (Bel) Team Merida Wallonie MTB    
78 Marco Schätzing (Ger)    
79 Umbert Almenara Verges (Spa)    
80 Renay Groustra (RSA)    
81 Tudor Oprea Ovidiu (Rom)    
82 Sang Hoon Na (Kor) Calvisson VTT    
83 Tim Wynants (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team    
84 Martin Haring (Svk)    
85 Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Forward - Udmurtia    
86 Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team  -4laps  
87 Bostjan Hribovsek (Slo) Calcit Bike Team    
88 Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team    
89 Pascal Schmutz (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli    
90 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel)    
91 Lucian Logigan (Rom)    
92 Miguel Angel Hidalgo (Arg)    
93 Volodymyr Zinovkin (Ukr)    
94 Ali Cakas (Tur)  -5laps  
95 Mario Matijevic (Bel)    
96 Mario Kojic (BiH)    
97 Besik Gavasheli (Geo)    
DNF Sven Nys (Bel)    
DNF Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)    
DNF Erik Groen (Ned) Feenstra Felt p/b Kenda    
DNF Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) SRAM Rubena Trek    
DNF Max Plaxton (Can)    
DNF Pierluigi Bettelli (Ita)    
DNF Andy Eyring (Ger)    
DNF German Dorhmann (Arg)    
DNF José Juan Escarcega (Mex)    
DNF Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team    
DNF Jochen Kass (Ger)    
DNF Martino Fruet (Ita)    
DNS Silvio Busser (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team    
Teams
1 Multivan Merida Biking Team 66 pts
2 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 63  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 58  
4 Specialized Racing XC 47  
5 TX Active Bianchi 43  
6 Stöckli Pro Team 30  
7 Trek Factory Racing 26  
8 Cannondale Factory Racing 24  
9 Controltech Nevi 18  
10 Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 13  
12 Titici LGL International Team 11  
13 Giant Pro XC Team 10  
14 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 9  
15 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 8  
16 BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 7  
17 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 2  
18 Focus XC Team 1  
World Cup standings - Individuals
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) 570 pts
2 Daniel McConnell (Aus) 450  
3 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 440  
4 Julien Absalon (Fra) 400  
5 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 374  
6 Thomas Litscher (Swi) 326  
7 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 318  
8 Ondrej Cink (Cze) 310  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 294  
10 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 260  
11 Max Plaxton (Can) 260  
12 Maxime Marotte (Fra) 255  
13 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 254  
14 Martin Fanger (Swi) 251  
15 Alexander Gehbauer (Aut) 212  
16 Emil Lindgren (Swe) 210  
17 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) 200  
18 Fabian Giger (Swi) 200  
19 Geoff Kabush (Can) 196  
20 Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) 196  
21 Marek Konwa (Pol) 171  
22 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 166  
23 Martin Loo (Est) 164  
24 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) 160  
25 Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita) 153  
26 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) 152  
27 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) 148  
28 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 146  
29 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 146  
30 Martin Gujan (Swi) 141  
31 Florian Vogel (Swi) 128  
32 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) 116  
33 Jürg Graf (Swi) 106  
34 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 105  
35 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) 104  
36 Fabien Canal (Fra) 104  
37 Jiri Novak (Cze) 100  
38 Stéphane Tempier (Fra) 95  
39 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 95  
40 Michal Lami (Svk) 92  
41 Andras Parti (Hun) 88  
42 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) 82  
43 Derek Zandstra (Can) 78  
44 Anton Sintsov (Rus) 66  
45 Moritz Milatz (Ger) 66  
46 Hans Becking (Ned) 62  
47 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 61  
48 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) 59  
49 Patrik Gallati (Swi) 54  
50 Fabio Hernando Castaneda Monsalve (Col) 50  
51 Alban Lakata (Aut) 50  
52 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) 48  
53 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) 48  
54 Jochen Kass (Ger) 46  
55 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) 46  
56 Henrique Avancini (Bra) 44  
57 Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) 43  
58 Raphael Gagne (Can) 43  
59 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 42  
60 Umberto Corti (Ita) 42  
61 Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) 40  
62 Ralph Naef (Swi) 38  
63 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 36  
64 Karl Markt (Aut) 36  
65 Filip Eberl (Cze) 35  
66 Lucien Besancon (Swi) 34  
67 Pascal Meyer (Swi) 33  
68 Jonas De Backer (Bel) 32  
69 Matous Ulman (Cze) 30  
70 Philip Buys (RSA) 30  
71 Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) 26  
72 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 26  
73 Daniel Eymann (Swi) 25  
74 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) 24  
75 Kornel Osicki (Pol) 23  
76 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) 21  
77 Frank Beemer (Ned) 20  
78 Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) 19  
79 Pavel Boudny (Cze) 18  
80 Todd Wells (USA) 17  
81 Andy Eyring (Ger) 17  
82 Robby De Bock (Bel) 16  
83 Simon Scheiber (Aut) 16  
84 Carl Jones (NZl) 14  
85 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 12  
86 Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa) 12  
87 Marcel Fleschhut (Ger) 11  
88 Ludovic Dubau (Fra) 10  
89 Tim Wynants (Bel) 10  
90 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 9  
91 Cameron Jette (Can) 9  
92 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) 8  
93 Pavel Priadein (Rus) 8  
World Cup standings - Teams
1 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 203 pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 198  
3 Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 129  
4 Giant Pro XC Team 115  
5 Specialized Racing XC 98  
6 Trek Factory Racing 79  
7 BH - SR Suntour - KMC 72  
8 TX Active Bianchi 70  
9 Cannondale Factory Racing 61  
10 Stöckli Pro Team 60  
11 Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing 43  
12 Scott-3Roxracing 40  
13 Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team 35  
14 Controltech Nevi 27  
15 Merida Italia Team 21  
16 Goldwurst-Power / Stöckli 17  
17 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 16  
18 Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 14  
19 Versluys Team 12  
20 Titici LGL International Team 11  
21 SRAM Rubena Trek 11  
22 BSK Graf-Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 9  
23 Asptt Definitive Tec 8  
24 Focus XC Team 8  
25 Waberer's Areus Cube MTB Team 2  
26 ISD MTB Team 2